douglas88 (5465) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stubby bottle bought at the Utah State Store. Pours a dark brown with lots of redness and a medium tan head. The aroma is sweet nutty malts. The flavor is smooth and...well a good session brew: loads of nutty and chocolaty flavors, rich malts and a watery smooth finish. Nice and completely unoffensive.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2013 Bottle.
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, popcorn, cocoa, cereal), lightly hoppy (herbs).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
The malt character is clunky, making it hard to be enticed by the nose (this is a malt-centric beer, after all, so if the malt sucks there’s not much else to lure you in). Barely drinkable.
Crit (3209) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 28, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown,fast fading beige head.Light sweet malt nose.Easy drinking malt profile, light earthiness
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the taproom at Harborside McCormimck and Schmick’s in Portland on 6/26/09. Pours a nice dark brown with light tan head. Again, earthy aromas of pine and lavendar, with touch of roasted nuts. Complex lager that is very drinkable. A solid experiment by Full Sail.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
11 oz. bottle (stamped, 102409) from Plaza Liquors - Pours a clear brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is light roasted malt and herbal hops. Flavor is very lightly sweetened roasted malt and some dark esters. Has a slight lingering roasty finish. Medium body. A decent beer, but I couldn’t drink it all day.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Eclipsed black cherry. Persistent, creamy, fine-bubbled ivory head. Soggy bread crust, metal, paper, cocoa, chocolate wafers, and hints of lightly scorched popcorn on the nose. Fluffy carbonation. Initially tart with a soft but forceful malt-derived metallic tingle and flabby cola sweetness compounded by a limp-grain center. While the malt does generate plenty of chocolate and cocoa notes, it sorely lacks clean definition as well as depth and texture. Notes of unripe plums exacerbate the semi-coarse metallic edge. Aside from a distant toasted-biscuit whisper, the malt is virtually devoid of any bready/powdery heft and vividness. Creamed java lightly offsets the limpness, though suggestions of popcorn tarnish the already fuzzy and limp malt frame. Finishes limply and muddled, with soggy notes of poorly defined caramel and chocolate drenched with cola. I was hoping for lots more as I have a serious affinity for delicate yet polished, complex lagers. But despite Full Sail’s noble efforts, this is quite the lackluster lager.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Little 11 oz bottle courtesy of ArrogantB. Bottle is pretty cool Ill give it that. Pours a dark brown with a quickly disappearing head. Whats left laces pretty good.Aroma is a bit sweet with the main smell being malt.Surprise. Has a strange tea like flavor, maybe a bit of odd spice, followed by some chocolate. Its really not too bad! I expected much worse with a dark lager. Finishes smooth and roasty.
BuckeyeBoy (2411) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours out a crisp clear brown topped with a off white head. Aroma of sweet malts and a little hops. Tast a little hop bitterness along with plenty of roast malt. A little sweetness. Not bad.
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to rustychiles for grabbing me one of these. Pours a very dark, yet still opaque brown. Aroma is light roast, chocolate, and some sulfury lagerness. Taste is supremely well-balanced and tasty. Lots of chocolate, some coffee/roast. Great mouthfeel. Nice and light and refreshing. Very impressed with such a modest little beer.
Rusty (1533) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head head. Aroma is malt, roast, barley, malt, caramel hops. Flavor is roast, grains, barley, touch of chocolate. Easy to drink refreshing, and somewhat flavorful. Nice beer for what it is.